Cheap flights. More flights. Multiplying routes. At the end of a week that
has seen protests against airport expansion, predictions of further airport
chaos, and record oil prices, British travellers are showing no sign of shaking
off their addiction to CO2-heavy cheap flights.
A record number of new air links will open from the UK to Europe this summer.
The Independent has identified 100 entirely new short-haul international routes
to be launched from Britain when the summer schedules begin at the end of this
More than a dozen new domestic links have also emerged, some as short as 150
miles. And, as from 30 March, when an "open skies" policy takes effect, Heathrow
will see transatlantic flights increase by a quarter – adding up to 524 extra
flights a month.
It is dizzying stuff. We have never been better informed about the environmental
dangers of flying but the brutal truth is unavoidable. Flying is ...